§103D-412 Light-duty motor vehicle requirements. (a) The procurement policy for all agencies purchasing or leasing light-duty motor vehicles shall be to reduce dependence on petroleum for transportation energy.
(b) Beginning January 1, 2010, all state and county entities, when purchasing new vehicles, shall seek vehicles with reduced dependence on petroleum-based fuels that meet the needs of the agency. Priority for selecting vehicles shall be as follows:
(1) Electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles;
(2) Other alternative fuel vehicles;
(3) Hybrid electric vehicles; and
(4) Vehicles that are identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in its annual "Fuel Economy Leaders" report as being among the top performers for fuel economy in their class.
(c) For the purposes of this section:
"Agency" means a state agency, office, or department.
"Alternative fuel" means alcohol fuels, mixtures containing eighty-five per cent or more by volume of alcohols with gasoline or other fuels, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, biodiesel, mixtures containing twenty per cent or more by volume of biodiesel with diesel or other fuels, other fuels derived from biological materials, and electricity provided by off-board energy sources.
"Covered fleet" has the same meaning as contained in 10 Code of Federal Regulations Part 490 Subpart C.
"Excluded vehicles" has the same meaning as provided in 10 Code of Federal Regulations section 490.3.
"Fuel cell electric vehicle" means a zero-emission electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell to convert hydrogen gas and oxygen into electricity that is used in a vehicle powertrain for propulsion.
"Light-duty motor vehicle" has the same meaning as contained in 10 Code of Federal Regulations Part 490, not including any vehicle incapable of traveling on highways or any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than eight thousand five hundred pounds.
(d) Agencies may apply to the chief procurement officer for exemptions from the requirements of this section to the extent that the vehicles required by this section are not available or do not meet the specific needs of the agency; provided that life cycle vehicle and fuel costs may be included in the determination of whether a particular vehicle meets the needs of the agency. Estimates of future fuel costs shall be based on projections from the United States Energy Information Administration.
(e) Vehicles acquired from another state agency and excluded vehicles are exempt from the requirements of this section.
(f) Nothing in this section is intended to interfere with the ability of a covered fleet to comply with the vehicle purchase mandates required by 10 Code of Federal Regulations Part 490 Subpart C. [L 2005, c 216, §2; am L 2006, c 96, §28; am L 2009, c 156, §6; am L 2019, c 143, §1]
Electric vehicles; registration, parking, HOV lane use, and rules (repealed June 30, 2020). L 2012, c 168, §2.